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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Coming this July to SOPAC! Hunchback of Notre Dame


Coming this July to SOPAC!

LIGHT OPERA OF NEW JERSEY

SOPAC (South Orange Performing Arts Center)

1 SOPAC Way

South Orange, New Jersey

Enjoy this interview with our BroadwayWorld-winning director, Jeffrey Fiorello, and learn more about our production!

To close the season in the summer, LONJ presents Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz's soaring masterpiece, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, directed by Jeffrey Fiorello with musical direction by Stephen Fox and choreography by Michael Scannelli. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo and songs from the Disney film, Hunchback showcases the film's Academy Award-nominated score as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell's new book blends the adapted story from the film with more sections of Hugo's gothic novel to tell the gripping tale of Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame, and his dreams for love and freedom.

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Outdoor fun 'THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS' at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

(left to right): Jay Leibowitz as Pantalone de Bisognosi, James Michael Reilly as Truffaldino, and Aurea Tomeski as Smeraldina. Photo credit: Jerry Dalia.
The Servant of Two Masters

Directed by Bonnie J. Monte
Translated and adapted from the play by Carlo Goldoni
Directed by Doug West

Performances Begin June 20 

"Two masters equals two salaries!
Two salaries equals double dinners!"

Last seen eight years ago at the Outdoor Stage, we'll present a fresh new production of this 272-year-old slapstick comedy. This wild Italian romp will pull you in as Truffaldino makes the audience privy to and complicit in his increasingly complicated attempts to serve two masters at one time. Doug West, fresh from his success with It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, will direct the exuberant craziness. Don't forget to pack your picnic for al fresco dining as we transport you to 18th century Venice! 

Young people 18 and under attend for FREE! 


Auditions: 'The Dinning Room' at the Barn Theatre in Montville

The Barn Theatre in Montville, New Jersey continues its 91st Season by holding open auditions for its upcoming production of "The Dinning Room" on Sunday and Monday, July 8th and 9th from 7 to 10 pm.  Callback date July 10th. (by invitation) "The Dinning Room" will be directed by Omar Kozarsky.
Show Synopsis:  Set in a single dining room, six actors perform 18 overlapping scenes from different households. Each scene focuses around a different family during different time periods. At its heart, it tells the story of the dying culture of upper-middle class Americans who over time have focused less on tradition and more on family progress.
CAST REQUIREMENTS: 3 Males, 3 Females,   All ethnicities encouraged to audition The actors must be able to portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids. Scenes run the gamut from a father lecturing his son on grammar and politics; a boy returning from boarding school to discover his mother's infidelity; a senile grandmother doesn't recognize her own sons at Thanksgiving dinner; a daughter, her marriage a shambles, pleads futilely to return home, and other subjects.
Sides from the script will be made available at the audition. All roles available. Casting is open to all adults of any age. Ethnicities, races, and newcomers are especially welcomed.
Performance Dates: Sept. 7,15,21,22,28,29 at 8pm and Sept. 8,9,16,23 at 2pm
Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the audition start time. All roles are available and casting is open; newcomers are especially welcomed! Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. If interested, please contact info@barntheatre.org
***IMPORTANT: You will be asked to list ALL potential conflict dates AT THE TIME of your audition (not after casting as the director reserves the right to replace anyone who develops too many conflicts AFTER casting). Please be prepared with your calendar and out-dates, as a rehearsal schedule will be generated based upon availability of staff and cast.
The Barn Theatre is located at the end of Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ.  For directions to the theatre, please see http://www.barntheatre.org/directions.asp

Friday, June 22, 2018

Kids Theater Workshop at Holmdel Theatre Company

Does your child love to use their imagination? Tell stories? Get silly? If so, this is the perfect opportunity for them to do all that and more! Through this 4-week workshop, kids will learn the basics of theatre and improvisation through fun improv games that will get them actively involved in what they are learning, empowering them to express themselves creatively through acting and storytelling!

The class is being taught by Rachel Brudner, a rising senior at Muhlenberg College majoring in Theatre, who has had the pleasure of participating in several shows at Holmdel Theatre Company. Her professional credits include performances at Two River Theater and Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, CT, recording audiobooks for Little Fox, an ESL website used in schools internationally, and singing in children's videos for Mother Goose Club. She teaches a weekly theatre class at Jefferson Elementary in Allentown, PA, and is currently interning at TADA! Youth Theatre in NYC. She is thrilled to be returning to instill the same passion for theatre in kids that she gained from working on productions at HTC!

The class is suited for children ages 8-12

Saturday mornings 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

July 14th through August 4th

$80

To register click below. Please email info@holmdeltheatrecompany.org for more info

Class size limited-- reserve now!

Classes are held at the Duncan Smith Theater: 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel NJ 07733

Trilogy Repertory Company to present Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ at Plays in the Park

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Trilogy Repertory Company opens another great summer season of Bernards Township’s “Plays in the Park” on July 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28, at  8pm, at Pleasant Valley Park, Basking Ridge, with Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”

“The Little Mermaid” is directed by Jaye Barre of Basking Ridge, with musical direction by Joe Lesky of Somerset and choreography by Kristin Sarboukh of Bound Brook.  The musical is based upon Disney’s 1989 animated film of the same name and the classic story by Hans Christian Andersen about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea. The book is by Doug Wright, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, with additional lyrics by Glenn Slater. The underwater setting and story about aquatic characters will require unusual technical designs and special effects.

Ariel (Claire Dempsey of Morristown), King Triton’s (Adam Barr of Basking Ridge) youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric (Nicholas Re of Bernardsville) in the world above the sea.  She bargains with the evil sea witch Ursula (Angela Rose Masi of Basking Ridge) to trade her tail for legs, but the bargain is not what it seems.  Ariel seeks the help of her friends Flounder the Fish (Max Rodriquez of Basking Ridge), Scuttle the Seagull (Alan Scott of Montclair), and Sebastian the Crab (Joseph Schmidt of Bedminster) to restore order under the sea. Other main roles include Grimsby (Hank Barre of Basking Ridge) and Chef Louis (Frank Skokan of Bedminster).

The musical opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Funtanne Theater on January 10, 2008, running for 685 performances and receiving two Tony award nominations. Theatergoers will recognize the songs “Part of Your World,” originally sung by Sierra Boggess in her Broadway debut, as well as “Under the Sea.”

Play Reading by Tri-State Actors in DLT


​​Written by: Peter Mitsopoulos
Directed by: Paul Meacham
June 28 and 29 at 8pm.
A play that touches the loss we have all known; and held onto. It’s Brooklyn in 1958 and Anna McCarthy is losing things. Her business, the Anna Goanna Hair Salon, has lost customers. She may also lose her lease. She has nearly lost her relationship with her daughter, Dora, and may even lose the love of Joe Franelli, the widower who owns a nearby bakery. These losses stem from the one thing Anna refuses to lose: her connection to her other daughter, Katie, who was never born: medical complications forced Anna’s husband to choose between Katie’s life and his wife’s. But Anna still clings to the lost Katie, real to her mother, always present. Katie urges her mother to release her from this limbo and “let me go,” but Anna refuses.

Auditions: Mike Poblete's SURFACING at Planet Connections Festivity at Clemente Theatre

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This is an Equity showcase. Actors of all ethnicities and backgrounds are encouraged to apply!
2 actors sought for debut world premiere of Mike Poblete's SURFACING at the Planet Connections Festivity at the Clemente Theatre on Suffolk Street in Manhattan.

Performances are:
Friday, July 13th: 5:30pm-6:45pm
Sunday, July 15th: 6:15pm-7:30pm
Wednesday, July 18th: 9:30pm-10:45pm
Wednesday, July 25th: 5:30pm-6:45pm
Sunday, July 29th: 5:15pm-6:30pm
Friday, August 3rd: 7:45pm-9:00pm

About Surfacing:
Chelsea has no idea how to take care of her older sister, Marissa, after her failed suicide attempt … until they each discover the horrors of Tinder. Mike Poblete serves up an unapologetic tome about family, sex, life & death, sex, starting over in 2018 … and did we mention sex?
AUDITIONS ARE WEDNESDAY EVENING, JUNE 6
MARISSA
Female, early 30's. A talented painter, originally from Iowa, she has worked as a gallery assistant in the Lower East Side for the last few years before she lost her job. Five months ago she tried to kill herself by stepping in front of a garbage truck and now needs a cane to walk. The recovery process is long and painful. She’s bitter, angry and depressed; yet she also has a sense of humor and wants attention. Along with the self-loathing there is also a certain performative quality to a lot of her lines, the actor playing Marissa shouldn’t be afraid to have fun with her.
CHELSEA
Female, early-mid 20's. Marissa’s little sister. A recent college grad, seven weeks ago she moved in with Marissa to take care of her. Real life came crashing in on her expectations of the world when she got the call about her sister, now she’s desperately trying to keep up a waitressing job and being the guardian of her older sister. The stress strains her normally bubbly and optimistic personality.
Please email your headshot and resume to surfacingplay@gmail.com, we will provide a monologue from the show for you to prepare, as well as an audition time.
A small stipend will be provided per Equity showcase regulations

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Titus Andronicus Will Play at The Shakespeare Theatre for the First Time in Over 30 Years

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MADISON, NJ — The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey continues its 56th season with its second Main Stage production, Titus Andronicus. Resident Director Brian B. Crowe will helm this rarely produced Shakespearean tragedy. STNJ veteran Bruce Cromer will play the title role; Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli and returning company members Vanessa Morosco and Benjamin Eakeley will play leading roles amongst a cast of 20 actors that also includes young artists from the Theatre’s renowned Summer Professional Training Program. Performances begin July 18. Patrons can purchase tickets at The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre located at 36 Madison Avenue in Madison by calling the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or by going online at www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

Not seen at The Shakespeare Theatre in over 30 years, the Bard’s infamous play was wildly popular with the Elizabethan audience. Now might just be the right time to present it to a modern audience who seem to share the Elizabethan appetite for revenge epics. This unsettling portrait of a society drowning in violence and seemingly bereft of civil thought or action holds a disturbing mirror up to aspects of today’s world.

Director Brian B. Crowe said, "Titus Andronicus is a play that has been on my ‘wish list’ since my college years – a time when Bruce Cromer was one of my professors. I find it to be one of Shakespeare’s most exciting and accessible plays because it plays much more like Game of Thrones or Braveheart than the Masterpiece Theatre idea of Shakespeare. It’s visceral and captivating, and at times, wickedly funny."

The Cast:

brucecromerpageBruce Cromer will play the title role of Titus Andronicus for his ninth season with The Shakespeare Theatre. His company credits include last season’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolanus, Timon of Athens, and The Taming of the Shrew, among many others. Mr. Cromer is a resident actor with the Human Race Theatre, a 30-year professor of acting for Wright State University, and a certified Stage Combat teacher.

CUCCIOLI_335FINE-358x500After directing last season’s opener, The Merchant of Venice, Robert Cuccioli returns to the STNJ stage for his 11th season as Marcus Andronicus. Mr. Cuccioli earned a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Tony Award nomination for his performance as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the Broadway production of Jekyll & Hyde. His additional Broadway credits include Les Misérables and Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark.

Benjamin Eakeley returns to The Shakespeare Theatre for his fourth season as Saturninus. His company credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Illyria, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Carnival!. Mr. Eakeley’s Broadway credits include She Loves Me, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.

Vanessa Morosco will play the Goth Queen Tamora as she returns for her second season with The Shakespeare Theatre. Her company credits include last season’s What the Butler Saw opposite her husband Peter Simon Hilton, as well as the Outdoor Stage production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has performed regionally with the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Florida Studio Theater, and Fulton Theater.

clarkAs Lucius, Clark Scott Carmichael returns for his 15th season with The Shakespeare Theatre. His company credits include Coriolanus, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Henry VIII, and A Christmas Carol, among many others. His film and television credits include Ocean’s 8, The Kindergarten Teacher, Pose, and Boardwalk Empire.

After appearing in last season’s Shakespeare in Love, Quentin McCuiston returns for his fifth season in the role of Chiron. His other company credits include Pericles, Oliver Twist, and Timon of Athens. He has performed regionally with Zephyr Repertory Theatre, Wallis Knot, Carolinian Shakespeare Festival, and Red Clay Theatre.

Making her STNJ Main Stage debut is Fiona Robberson in the role of Lavinia. Ms. Robberson is now attending the Julliard School in New York. Her regional credits include Dallas Theatre Center, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, and Undermain Theatre.

In his first season with The Shakespeare Theatre, Chris White will play the role of Aaron the Moor. He has performed with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Theatre at Monmouth, and New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, where he performed in Ruddigore and as the title role in The Mikado.

Torsten Johnson will play Demetrius in his first season with The Shakespeare Theatre. His regional credits include the Guthrie Theater, The Acting Company, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Interlochen Shakespeare Festival, and Parallel 45.

Rounding out the cast are Oliver Archibald, Elizabeth Colwell, AJ DeAugustine, Courtney McGowan, Jackson Knight Pierce, Braden Spear, and Kyle Walton.

Dreamcatcher Presents Monologues at MONDO On Thursday nights in July







Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional Theatre in Residence at Oakes Center in Summit presents the series Monologues at MONDO on Thursdays from July 5 through 26 at 8 pm at MONDO, the cultural gathering place in downtown Summit (www.mondosummit.com).

Monologues at MONDO is an annual event where Dreamcatcher’s actors perform solo works as readings in the intimate performance space at MONDO, a brownstone that houses numerous arts and culture programs in the heart of Summit. The series provides audiences with an opportunity for casual entertainment at an affordable price, while also introducing them to highly personal works performed by professional actors.

On Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 8:00 pm, Clark Carmichael will perform The Gun Show by E.M. Lewis. From a farming community in rural Oregon to the big cities of Los Angeles and New York, playwright E.M. Lewis takes aim at her own relationship with firearms in “The Gun Show.” Clark Carmichael will share Ms. Lewis’s unique perspective and true stories about America’s most dangerous pastime as if they were his own, with brutal honesty and poignant humor. Leaning neither right nor left, “The Gun Show” jumps into the middle of the gun control debate, and asks “Can we have a conversation about this?”

The following Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm, Laura Ekstrand will perform We’re Gonna Die by Young Jean Lee. Drawing from true stories of people’s experiences with tragedy, despair and loneliness, Young Jean Lee creates a life-affirming show about the one thing we all have in common: we’re gonna die. "Young Jean Lee is, hands down, the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation . . . A combination of pop concert and autobiographical lament for the human condition, We're Gonna Die's forthright acknowledgment that life can be a rough business is bracing, funny, and, yes, consoling." -Charles Isherwood, The New York Times.

On Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 8:00 pm, Nicole Callender will perform Pretty Fire by Charlayne Woodard. The lyrical, lifting words of Charlayne Woodard weave stories of two young sisters in the small world of Albany, New York; of Ku Klux Klan riders burning a cross—the ironic "pretty fire" of the title—in the hilltop black town of Rosignol Hill, Georgia; of three generations of family love, struggle and triumph. An authentic, mesmerizing experience of contemporary African-American life. Filled with earthy humor, it takes readers on a universal journey through a world in which the family bond is as strong as steel.

Last in the series on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 8:00 pm, Jason Szamreta will perform The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne. One actor portrays every character in a small Jersey Shore town as he unravels the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant fourteen-year-old boy who goes missing. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is gone, Leonard becomes an unexpected inspiration as the town’s citizens question how they live, who they love, and what they leave behind. “An affecting and entertaining testament to the beauty of a world in which difference is celebrated rather than denigrated.” -Los Angeles Times.

Tickets for all Monologues at MONDO are $20 when reserved in advance and $25 at the door. All shows begin at 8:00. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged because space is limited. To reserve you can email info@mondosummit.com or call 917-969-4534. MONDO is located at 426 Springfield Avenue in Summit. Parking is available in the lot behind the building. The facility is wheelchair accessible. For information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please visit www.dreamcatcherrep.org or contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901, 908-514-9654.

About Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre:

Dreamcatcher was founded in 1994, and is a non-profit professional ensemble of actors who build community with the audience by sharing life-affirming stories in an intimate environment. We seek to expose theatregoers to ideas and lives like and unlike their own, to awaken their imaginations and create empathy for others. The company focuses on deepening the experience of our patrons by supplementing the performances with personal contact through receptions, talkbacks, and interactive programs.

Dreamcatcher's core company of professional local actors performs contemporary work that entertains and challenges, and has at its heart a belief in the essential goodness of people. The company’s activities include mainstage productions, improvisational comedy and cabarets, new play readings and a variety of educational and senior outreach programs.

Dreamcatcher’s programs are funded by the New Jersey State council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Dramatist Guild Fund, The Summit Area Public Foundation and many other corporations, foundations and individuals. Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre is an Equity Producing member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Audition:Brundage Park Playhouse for Annual Kids Cabaret 2018

AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT


BRUNDAGE PARK PLAYHOUSE: KIDS CABARET – Believers: A Night for the Dreamers

Brundage Park Playhouse is pleased to announce auditions for its upcoming performances of our Annual Kids Cabaret 2018.

The Audition Dates are Friday, June 29th at 6-8 pm and Saturday, June 30th at 1-3 pm at the playhouse on Carrell Road in Randolph, NJ for performers ages 8 to 18. No appointment is necessary.

Auditioners should be prepared to sing a song which best features their vocal skills. Please bring a headshot and/or resume to the audition. Photos will be provided if you do not have a headshot.

Performance Dates: August 8, 9, 10 at 8:00 PM, August 11and 12 at 2:00 PM.

Talented youth put on the 2018 Kids Cabaret, one of our most popular performances for young performers, with various musical numbers and comedy skits that is family friendly fun.

For further information please contact Brundage Park Playhouse at (973) 989-7092 or visit our website at www.brundageparkplayhouse.org.


Candice Guardino's solo show 'Italian Bred' one night only at Two River



Gateway Playhouse to present 'Broadway by Request' in July


Broadway by Request is a unique evening of musical theatre entertainment, spanning eight decades of music from the Broadway stage. The show encompasses virtually every genre and style of musical theatre from the classic songs of Jerome Kern, Lerner and Loewe, and Rodgers and Hammerstein to today’s Broadway blockbusters such as Wicked, Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot, and Spring Awakening. 

BBR is completely spontaneous and no two shows are alike!

Showtimes



Bringing Live Theater back to the Jersey Shore!



B 738 Bay Avenue Somers Point, NJ 08244 | 609-653-0553 Live Theater back to the Jersey Shore!


Saturday, June 16, 2018

'Fun House' at 4th Wall ends this weekend



Julie Stiel
FUN HOME
​music by Jeanine Tesori
book and lyrics by Lisa Kron
based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel

June 15 and 16 at 8:00 pm
June 17 at 3:00 pm
at Montclair Studio Playhouse
14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair, NJ

The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, FUN HOME is based on lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir. Moving between past and present, Alison explores her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the lurking, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. FUN HOME vividly “demonstrates how much our world has changed and reflects just how far we’ve come” (The Wall Street Journal).

$25 adults
$22 Seniors (age 62 and up)
$18 Students (under 22 with valid student ID)
​Group rates available for groups of 15 or more.
•Tickets now available for purchase online (with added $1 charge per ticket),
or call 973-996-8484 to make a phone reservation.
•We do NOT mail or email tickets. Your advance sale tickets will be available for pickup at the box office on the day of the show.


"As of 3:45 pm on Saturday, June 16, we have 21 walk-up tickets available for Saturday evening's 8:00 pm performance of FUN HOME! 

Arrive at 7:00 when the box office opens to purchase them. Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place, Montclair, NJ. See you tonight! 

(As of right now, there are also 34 seats left for tomorrow, Sunday, June 17, at 3:00 pm.) www.4thwalltheatre.org/fun-home"

Kate Swan

CAST
Alison Bechdel - Sarah Levine McClelland
Bruce Bechdel - Ted Cancila
Helen Bechdel - Julie Stiel
Medium Alison - Samy Cordero
Joan - Corinne Walker
Small Alison - Annika Bergstrom-Shaw
Christian Bechdel - Cameron Dickson
John Bechdel - Justin Roth
Roy/Pete/Mark/Bobby Jeremy - Shane Long

STAFF
Director - Kate Swan
Music Director - Markus Grae-Hauck
Production Stage Manager - Martha Thalheimer
Assistant Stage Manager - Sydney Scott Humphreys
Set Designer - Jasmine Vogue Pai
Lighting Designer - Nik Marmo
Sound Designer - Nicholas Von Hagel
Projections Designer - Miranda Kelley
Production Manager - Gwen Ricks-Spencer

http://www.4thwalltheatre.org/fun-home